I80 - Why It Isn't Worth It

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Bonnie B.'s Comment
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G-Town's Comment
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Old School's Comment
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I-80 can be tough Bonnie, especially in the Northwestern parts of the country. Somehow we didn't get your reasons though. Try again!

PackRat's Comment
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Uhhh.....Bonnie B. Anyone there? Just a little more on your specifics would be a great start to this topic.smile.gif

LDRSHIP's Comment
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It is probably because I-80 in Wyoming was getting pummeled with snow and winds last 2 days.

PackRat's Comment
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I call that area, "The Bermuda Triangle".

Rainy 's Comment
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Its been closed through Donner too.

i prefer I80 through WY over I70....and my tnt and i jist drove over there like 6 times and he said "WY is not scary now...i was terrified of it listening to everybody in PSD" hahahah


Prime Student Driver

Prime Inc has a CDL training program and the first phase is referred to as PSD. You'll get your permit and then 10,000 miles of on the road instruction.

The following is from Prime's website:

Prime’s PSD begins with you obtaining your CDL permit. Then you’ll go on the road with a certified CDL instructor for no less than 75 hours of one-on-one behind the wheel training. After training, you’ll return to Prime’s corporate headquarters in Springfield, Missouri, for final CDL state testing and your CDL license.

Obtain CDL Permit / 4 Days

  • Enter program, study and test for Missouri CDL permit.
  • Start driving/training at Prime Training Center in Springfield, Missouri.
  • Work toward 40,000 training dispatched miles (minimum) with food allowance while without CDL (Food allowance is paid back with future earnings).

On-the-Road Instruction / 10,000 Miles

  • Train with experienced certified CDL instructor for 3-4 weeks in a real world environment.
  • Get 75 hours of behind-the-wheel time with one-on-one student/instructor ratio.
  • Earn 10,000 miles toward total 40,000 miles needed.



Prime Inc has their own CDL training program and it's divided into two phases - PSD and TNT.

The PSD (Prime Student Driver) phase is where you'll get your permit and then go on the road for 10,000 miles with a trainer. When you come back you'll get your CDL license and enter the TNT phase.

The TNT phase is the second phase of training where you'll go on the road with an experienced driver for 30,000 miles of team driving. You'll receive 14¢ per mile ($700 per week guaranteed) during this phase. Once you're finished with TNT training you will be assigned a truck to run solo.

PlanB's Comment
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Just yesterday I was on I80 east in WY. As I was approaching Elk Mountain I saw a huge grey mass moving up from the south.


Was going as fast as I could trying to get past Elk Mountain before the snow front shifted north. Didn't make it! The grey mass enveloped the mountain right as I approached. Had the pleasure of going over Elk Mountain in heavy snow with a 40mph cross wind.

Finally got out the other side of the storm and made it to Laramie to take my 30. The dark clouds were behind me with clear blue skies above as I pulled into that new Love's in Laramie. I figured I had just enough time to fit my break in and get back on the road to stay ahead of the weather. As I got out of my truck and started walking across the parking lot I start getting pelted with hail.... Just can't win.

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